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Common (vernacular) names applied to California vascular plants

compiled by Elizabeth Painter

up to date as of May 1, 2016

Common names (also referred to as vernacular names) are applied differently at different times and places by different users. This list is compiled from many sources and is intended to be as comprehensive as possible. It is not intended to indicate which common name is correct or preferred. Please send comments about this page to Elizabeth Painter (

TaxonStephanomeria exigua subsp. deanei
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)stephanomeria; wire-lettuce; wire lettuce; wirelettuce; wreath-plant; wreath plant; wreathplant; milk-aster; milk aster; milkaster
Species common name(s)small stephanomeria; small wire-lettuce; small wirelettuce; small wire lettuce; small wreath-plant; small wreath plant; small wreathplant; small skeletonplant; white-plume stephanomeria; white-plume wire-lettuce; white-plume wirelettuce; white plume wire lettuce; whiteplume wirelettuce; white-plume milk-aster; slender stephanomeria; slender wreathplant; slender rock-lettuce; annual wire-lettuce; annual wirelettuce; annual wire lettuce
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaannual mitra, annual stephanomeria are applied to multiple Stephanomeria taxa; skeleton-weed, skeletonweed, skeleton weed, stickweed, stick-weed, stick weed, mitra are applied to taxa in multiple families; Basin daisy, Basin-daisy are applied to multiple Asteraceae taxa
NotesDeane is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Deanes, Dean, Dean's, Deans are errors
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